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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Visual Basic Online Course - Make sure application is running and installed



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How to make sure that an Application is Running and Installed

VB 2010 Make sure application is running
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When you create a Visual Basic 2010 or generally a VB.Net application that relies on another VB.Net application for example an Updater.exe application, you will have to code both sides in order no to enable the user to run Updater.exe without the existence of the Main application, and in order to do so, you will have to make sure that :
1) Your Main application is Running.
2) Your Main application is Installed.
3) Your Main application does exist in the installation folder.
After making sure of all the above points, then you can compile your updater.exe file with your Main Application knowing that updater.exe won't run alone, especially if you're sending updates to the Main application for the user to receive using Updater.exe.

Here are the code to do so :
1) VB 2010 Get list of all installed applications

2) VB 2010 Get list of all running applications

3) VB 2010 Make sure application exists

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Visual Basic Online Course - Read Text File

Visual Basic 2010 - How to Read Text File(s)

VB 2010 Read Text Files
VB 2010 Read Text Files
Introduction

In order to read from a Text File then a Text File has to be present (Present = Known Path), the path of a Text File is just like any other path of any file it is String, for example :
C:\Folder\File.txt
The path to the File.txt is (C:\Folder\File-Name.Extension), so the path to the File Text = Path + File-Name + extension. Text Files can be present locally (on the same machine) or from external place (on the web) for example :
ftp://10.0.0.27/Folder/File.txt
As long as this Path is present and accessible then Reading Text File in VB 2010 is just so easy job to do. We can store the path to the Text File into a String variable to use it in our VB 2010 project :
Dim LocalFilePath as String = ("C:\Folder\File.txt")
Dim WebFilePath As String = ("ftp://10.0.0.27/Folder/File.txt")
The problem with Text Files hosted on the web, is that it has to be accessible in order to read it or write it, you have to provide  a User Name and Password to gain access to those files for most of the times because of security issues, unlike reading Text Files from local storage devices, there is no need to provide credentials or authentications to be able to read them.

Reading from Local Text Files in VB 2010

We will use File Reader to read String stored in a Text File,we will use basics of reading Text Files.

1) Create VB 2010 Windows Form Project (WindowsApplication1) and save it to (D:\)
2) Add TextBox (Name : TxtFromFile, MultiLine : True)
3) Create Text File (MyFile.txt) and place it in the project folder
Path to MyFile.txt is (D:\WindowsApplication1\Bin\Debug\)
4) Write to MyFile.txt those two lines :
Hello
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5) Save and close the file.

Now, the project will :
Open the Text File to read on the Form_Load() event
Displays the String in the TextBox (TxtFromFile)

Code


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Sunday, February 02, 2014

Visual Basic Online Course Fade Image

Fade Image in VB 2010

VB 2010 Fade Image
VB 2010 Fade Image
How to fade image in Visual Basic 2010

It doesn’t matter if you are a photographer or a graphic designer, chances are that you have come across the need to fade or blend images in Visual Basic 2010. You can always use Photoshop to create faded images and then use them in your VB 2010 applications, but as a developer you also have to know what does it take to do so, not just to fade an Image but also as a general, after all it's your job to come up with answers.

In our demonstration here well will use ordinary common tools in VB 2010 to be able to fade an Image.

Project Design
 
VB 2010 Example to Fade Image
VB 2010 Example to Fade Image
Form
Name : Form1
Text : Fade Image in VB 2010
PictureBox
Name : PicToFade
BackColor : Transparent
Dock : Full
Timer
Name : Timer1
Interval : 100

How does it work 

Run the application, click on the PicToFade [PictureBox], it will show the [OpenFileDialog] choose and Image [JPEG] and then notice that it will begin to fade away.

You can alter the code to change the fading values [Alpha from 0 to 1 and DeltaAlpha], you can use a Progressbar control to change the fading values too.

Source Code

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